Illinois Senate president race: Accusations of personal betrayal and payback fly furiously – Chicago Sun-TImes
Publicly, party leaders made a show of unity. Lightford, who is Senate majority leader, hugged Harmon on the Senate floor Sunday afternoon as she nominated him to become the next Senate president. Harmon, who is white, was elected unanimously after hours of negotiations. But afterward, accusations flew of personal betrayal, and long-time simmering feuds bubbled over.
Lightford, D-Maywood, blamed former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., and his son, Emil Jones III, who is currently in the Senate, for her loss. She would have been the first female black Senate president. She thinks their opposition may stem from an 11-year old grudge.
A quarter of every tax dollar from recreational cannabis sales in Illinois will go to nonprofit groups – Center Square
John Kass: Mike Madigan squashes legislative probe of that email about a rape. If he were a Republican, he’d be gone – Chicago Tribune
"We agree with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business that it's time for Madigan to go....As for Pritzker, how much confidence are we supposed to have in his call for an investigation when the presumed anti-whisteblower did work for him and in essence still does? The governor is "appalled and disgusted?" Really? It has as much credence as Pritzker's feigned support for redistricting reform. Pritzker talked a good game about that when he was running, but when was the last time anyone saw him actually do anything to make it happen?"
Investigators exploring whether ‘rape in Champaign’ email is linked to early release of prison inmate, sources say – Chicago Tribune
After two years of revelations, it's obvious Madigan's closest associates felt that no one could hold them to account, however foul the deed. It's time for the Illinois House speaker to go, Greg Hinz writes.
Seeking to give residents a break on property tax, legislative task force recommends expanding sales tax. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who’s pushing a graduated income tax, says there’s got to be another way. – Chicago Tribune
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, focused on winning over voters on a new graduated-rate income tax, is dismissing a proposal floated by a property tax relief task force that would expand the Illinois sales tax base to help fund public schools.
Even with a court order, families struggle to find services for developmentally disabled adults: ‘We have great programs, you just can’t get into them.’ – Chicago Tribune
Lightford, the first African American woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader, represents the 4th District, based in the western suburbs. She’s a leading candidate to become Illinois’ next Senate President. Steans, from the 7th District on Chicago’s North Side, was a force behind passing the landmark legislation that legalized cannabis in Illinois.
Yet, what bonds them, intimately and fiercely, are their sons. Once sons, now daughters. Both women have transgender children who are transitioning to female.
Editorial: When taxpayers trust Springfield … Part 7: Warren Buffett and others warned about pensions. Illinois pols made things worse — and now demand more tax dollars. – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: No, we won’t shut up about the Illinois Exodus. Latest downside: Chicago’s top real estate investors are shopping elsewhere – Chicago Tribune
Eric Zorn: 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead – Chicago Tribune
The state increasingly looks like it's being squeezed out by Foxconn adding capacity elsewhere.